The National Weather Service recently awarded the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services with a StormReady certification.
The recognition is based on a series of improvements and audits of training, technology and field equipment utilized by the Department of Emergency Services. The evaluation process included site visits to the Emergency Operations Center and to the department’s team training at the National Weather Service Regional Office in Mount Holly, NJ.
StormReady is a National Weather Service program that emphasizes the need for a higher level of community awareness in order to minimize the loss of life and property from episodes of extreme weather. StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness. While no community can ever be “storm-proof” the StormReady program encourages communication and safety skills necessary to save lives and property before and during an event.
The StormReady designation indicates that Delaware County has fulfilled a set of criteria that ensures measures have been taken to provide for the safety of its citizens during adverse weather conditions, including thunderstorms, winter weather, and extreme heat.
The Delaware County Emergency Management certification team was led by Larry Bak, Sean Devlin, Tom Clarke and Len Micheal.